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Title of the project

Norwegian monitoring of lynx

Description

To accurately monitor the population size and trend of the Norwegian Lynx population over time

Observations of lynx tracks are submitted to ROVDATA;
this data is combined with data on movement rates and home range sizes collected from lynx that have been equipped with GPS collars all across Norway allowing the estimation of the number of different females who reproduced the previous summer.

The hunters association are responsible for a network of almost 2000 transects that are surveyed on skis each winter to produce an index of the number of lynx tracks.

Finally, all hunters who shoot a lynx submit the entire skinned carcass for research purposes.

hunters submit data

Location

Country Norway
Level National

Habitat Types

Forest/Woodland

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Emerald Network, Ramsar, Regional protected area, National protected area, Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban, Hunting reserve, No protection status

Species

Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Protected species, Threatened species
Species Type Large carnivores
Name(s) of main species Eurasian lynx - Lynx lynx

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)

Partners

Leading partners ROVDATA - http://www.rovdata.no/NORGES JEGER- OG FISKERFORBUND (NJFF) - http://www.njff.no/

Weblinks

http://www.lcie.org/Blog/ArtMID/6987/ArticleID/74/Counting-phantoms-in-the-forest-The-role-of-hunters-in-monitoring-large-carnivores